John Tarkowski Jr.

Tarkowski, John Jr.

John Tarkowski, Jr., 84, De Pere, passed away January 17, 2013. He was born November 24, 1928 to the late John Sr. and Viola (Wilkowski) Tarkowski in the Town of Eaton. He was a WWII Veteran, having served in the Navy in the Hawaiian Isles. He worked for the Brown County Highway Dept and enjoyed driving the snow plow and his work in the sign department. He enjoyed bass fishing, hunting and shooting, playing cards and tinkering in the garage. He was a member of the Lost Chord Club and drove for the DAV.

Survivors include his children: John L. (Jeanette) Tarkowski; Lenny (Mary) Tarkowski; Barb (Dan) Maschmeier; Kathy (David) Bensoni; Mike Tarkowski; and Lynn (John) VandeVelden; grandchildren: Jennifer (Ben) Allen and their children, Delanie and Dominic; Jody (Kevin) Kapusinski and their daughter, Margaret Rose; Melanie (special friend-Tom) Tarkowski; Steve Tarkowski; Nick (fiance Donna) Tarkowski; Patrick Tarkowski; Taggard (Heather) Hecker and their children, Kylie and Audrey; Ben VandeVelden and Ray VandeVelden; God-daughters, Patty Ann and LouAnn; a brother, Cliff (the late Irene) Tarkowski, nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice, sisters: Mary (Edwin) Brosteau, Genevieve (Frank) Lawler, Anne (Hubert) VanDolah, Isabelle (Leo) Derus, Margaret (Joe) Boziak, Elsie (Micky) DeGrave; brothers: Dan (Evelyn), Ben (Violet) and Milton (Evelyn) Tarkowski.

Family and friends may call at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave, De Pere, from 3-7pm on Monday, January 21. Service will be held at 7pm, at the funeral home, with Pastoral Minister Steve Donovan officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at



Funeral Home

Cotter Funeral Home and Crematory
860 North Webster Avenue De Pere, WI 54115

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2013